The Trials

The Trials In the wake of nuclear terrorism a squad of elite soldiers must combat artificial intelligence and seek justice in this military political thriller a sequel to The Red Lieutenant James Shelley and h

  • Title: The Trials
  • Author: Linda Nagata
  • ISBN: 9781481440950
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In the wake of nuclear terrorism, a squad of elite soldiers must combat artificial intelligence and seek justice in this military political thriller, a sequel to The Red.Lieutenant James Shelley and his squad of US Army soldiers were on a quest for justice when they carried out the unauthorized mission known as First Light They returned home to America to face a court marIn the wake of nuclear terrorism, a squad of elite soldiers must combat artificial intelligence and seek justice in this military political thriller, a sequel to The Red.Lieutenant James Shelley and his squad of US Army soldiers were on a quest for justice when they carried out the unauthorized mission known as First Light They returned home to America to face a court martial, determined to expose the corruption in the chain of command that compelled their actions But in a country still reeling from the nuclear terrorism of Coma Day, the courtroom is just one battlefield of many.A new cycle of violence ignites when rumors of the elusive, rogue AI known as the Red go public 8212 and Shelley is, once again, pulled into the fray Challenged by his enemies, driven by ideals, Shelley feels compelled to act But are the harrowing choices he makes really his own, or are they made for him, by the Red And with millions of lives at stake in a game of nuclear cat and mouse, does the answer even matter

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    1. 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2015/09/07/aA month and a half has gone by since I read and reviewed The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata, and I have to admit I’m still reeling from the ending. Everything in that story from its climax onwards was nothing short of an insanely red hot face-melting explosion of whiplash-inducing action and frenzy. That’s the kind of experience that stays with you for a long time, but nonetheless I felt more than ready to take on its sequel.Our [...]

    2. The Trials is the sequel to Nagata's The Red, one of my favorite books of last year. It offers much of the same as it's predecessor - a cynical and darkly humorous vision of a near future of normalized mass surveillance and privatized war-mongering. Nagata's action set pieces are precise and thrilling, and the way she integrates her future tech with the inner life of her hero, James Shelley, is unlike anything I've seen in the genre. There are a few curious developments that Nagata doesn't explo [...]

    3. This military thriller picks up where The Red: First Light left off and continues to deliver lots of action and excitement. The second book almost lives up to the first and does a good job of keeping the story going. I'm not exactly sure where things are going to be headed in the last book, but I'm definitely interested in finding out how the story will end.

    4. The Trials, book two in Linda Nagata’s The Red trilogy, picks up right on the heels of First Light with Lieutenant James Shelley and his Linked Combat Squad (LCS) facing trial for their actions in the prior novel’s climax. Thanks to his group’s rogue crusade in the wake of Coma Day, a large-scale act of domestic nuclear terrorism, and the reality TV series documenting his experiences, Shelley and his Apocalypse Squad have a huge swelling of public support to see them through their military [...]

    5. Another action-packed book, a solid second book in the series. I liked that I really didn't know where the author was heading with the big story arc. It's the kind of thing that sounds familiar, an AI emerges in the Cloud and starts meddling with people and things, but what Nagata is doing with it isn't predicable or like any other emergent AI story I've read and that's what makes it fun. And from what I can tell, Nagata writes very believable soldiers (I don't know many real ones to compare the [...]

    6. A very good middle book that does an excellent job of progressing the story for Shelley and the Red. It was a little choppy at times, but the breakneck pace helped to cover up some of that. This world and story would make excellent movies I think. The novels read like a high octane action movie with some very interesting issues that go with new technology and absolute power. Loved the ending and am very eager to see how it all wraps up

    7. Novels like The Trials by Linda Nagata give me—or at least restore some of my—faith in the publishing industry.Sure, there’s the story of how the book came to be in the first place: Linda Nagata, who wrote several critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful science fiction novels in the 1990s, self-published The Red: First Light in 2013 after a long break. Lo and behold, the indie-published title garnered critical acclaim, not to mention nominations for both the Nebula and the John [...]

    8. The first part is more of a legal thriller, which is AMAZING. The rest of it is a little more traditional military SF. Like the first novel, the opening act is absolutely astounding. The rest is merely very good.

    9. Nešto slabija od prvog dijela, poglavito zato jer glavnim likom ovaj put ne manipulira famozni The Red, umjetna inteligencija koja ga usmjerava da čini stvari za 'veće dobro' svijeta, a i trećinu stranice se radi o suđenju glavnim likovima za djela koja su dovela do tzv. Coma Day-a, domaćeg terorističkog nuklearnog napada na SAD.No, definitivno čitam i nastavak jer tko bi odolio knjizi o svim tim tehno-napravicama, dronovima, vojnoj opremi i zloćudnim moćnicima na čelu korporacija koj [...]

    10. Excellent SF, probably classified in the military subgenre, but is much more.The ill-fated Lt. James Shelley is back, and still the victim of manipulation by the AI known as the Red. As with the first book, First Light, the narrative is presented in a series of military missions, all of which invariably end balls up. James, kicked off the US military in the opening trial segment, turns mercenary, hired, along with the remainder of his squad, by an autonomous, patriot organization ostensibly form [...]

    11. This book is a direct continuation of the first one and progress based on the same premises but is a more varied than the first one. It is roughly in 3 parts where there is no military action in the first part (but a lot of politcal/judicial movement). As in the first book everything that his happening is pretty realistic and seems possible in a near future.What I really enjoyed is this book as a certain thesis (direction) but it is done in a subtle way. Well I should be more precise that at lea [...]

    12. Nagata has written the perfect military science-fiction sequel. I would have sworn it couldn't be done and yet she did it. This was a great read!

    13. Bang, bang, bang, pause for existential reflection, bang, bang, bang, SPACESHIP!, bang, bang, etc. Great palate cleanser.

    14. Decently crafted techo-thriller continuing the greater story introduced from The Red: First Light, opening with a trial and then proceeding to quite a few trials, some literal, some not literal at all.It stays light even with the more serious themes, dangerous situations, and mass death, but that's only because the really big destructions happen elsewhere. If you love a bit of gratuitous violence, a lot of cool tech and toys, an awesome ghost in the machine, and a bit more gratuitous political c [...]

    15. While I enjoyed the initial novel in this series, "First Light", quite a bit, the second in the series was a bit of let down.The first third of the book is literally related to the title so, in retrospect, I should not have been surprised. The plot picks up directly after the events of the first novel and, in my opinion, were very slow to start. The protag seemed a bit muddled and indecisive, completely unlike the first novel. Was difficult to generate resonance with him. The pace really picks u [...]

    16. Terrorism has shut down much of the technological functions around the world and the regular people are living in some kind of partial post-apocalyptic life, but this doesn't seem to affect the rich or the military, all of whom have bigger and better tech than ever. And it's intended effect of stopping The Red, has had no effect at all. While a fair portion of the book is set in the courtroom and the action is all in words, it's not in any way boring and the hard hitting physical action is still [...]

    17. An okay book and an okay sequel. But overly slow and complicated in the details. And kind of felt tired. Sure the pov character is tired but that doesn't mean the reader needs to be tired as well. Lots of ideas and the mechanized network soldier is still interesting. But the world is not interesting. Not one of the author's better books but not a bad book. Then again military, even military sf is not particularly something I like.

    18. It's been a year and a half since I read the first book. The second one caught me up quickly. Middle books in trilogies don't always stand well on their own, but this is a satisfying read. If most of the work of character building was done in the first book, that left room in this one for Lt. Shelley and his compatriots to get things done. A worthy sequel.

    19. I could not put down The Red, the first book in the series. The Trials did not hold my attention as well as the first book. The book is full of danger and action. It is very much a second book in a series. It seemed to set thing up but not solve anything. The characters are all back and the Red is still a big part of the plot. What is missing is any resolution to the problem.

    20. Second book in the Red trilogy. More of the same - politics, cyborgs, future warfare, big bombs, cyber battles, out of control AI. What's not to like?Definitely doesn't hurt that it's well plotted and written, too. Looking forward to the concluding part of the trilogy.

    21. entertaining and engaging but didn't work quite as week as the first book. Maybe suffers a little because it is the second in a trilogy. looking forward to book 3

    22. There is so much to like about this book (the entire Red series, actually). This book picks up from the first book with James Shelley and the team being court martialed for their kidnapping of Thelma Sheridan and delivery to Ahab Matugo in Niamey for trial.Her husband,Carl Vanda, takes this personally, far more than any "dragon" should, and goes after Lt. Shelley. He isn't a very effective field agent.(view spoiler)[The trial ends in a job offer to work directly for the organization that Kendric [...]

    23. This is a genre that I seldom read, near-future, sort of post-apocalyptic, military fiction; but DAMN, I like this series. It's almost like well, I want to say good Tom Clancy with twists.This is the continuation of the events in First Light, book one of the series. Again, we follow the 1st person narrative of Lieutenant James Shelley as he navigates this screwed up world. Shelley is the beneficiary of some high tech body modifications, even thought they sometimes seem like a curse and Nagata w [...]

    24. James Shelley and his team have been taken into custody and await trail for treason, and it doesn't look good, but what comes after the guilty verdict is even worse. Stripped of rank and released from the army, Shelley and his team soon discover the civilian world is a hostile place. Someone wants Shelley dead, and he has a pretty good idea who it is--Carl Vanda, Thelma Sheridan's husband. Shelley and his team are offered jobs as mercenaries, and it only takes a day and a half of freedom to conv [...]

    25. Good continuation of #1. It's a generic thriller in some ways, with implausibly capable military heroes, the usual corrupt government, competing good-bad guys, mandatory love interest, Mission Impossible action scenes (hangs by one finger while tied to an anvil, thinks "if I can just "). I don't read those.But there's enough medium-future SF miltech to be interesting. The Red is interesting, if underplayed almost to invisibility in this one. And Shelley is conflicted, which makes it worthwhile.

    26. The magic promised in the first book is thoroughly dissipated and the episodes just barely hang together. Plot twists go unexplained and characters get dropped gratuitously. Still, the writing is enjoyable, with creative science fiction world building, as politically correct pulp fiction.

    27. 3.5 stars rounded up. Doesn't quite deliver the same page-turning speed as the first and not quite as good overall, perhaps partly due to its even more episodic nature, but a decent sequel.

    28. overall I do like the story but this one was a little slower than the first book and I sadly don't have the desire to read the third yet. Maybe one day in the future I'll pick it up.

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